Great news for our kababayans coming from the Middle East, particularly in Kuwait, because now travel is made possible with fewer restrictions since the Gulf country has been recently categorized under the “Green” list countries.
Filipinos traveling from green list countries will no longer need to undergo the mandatory quarantine if they meet the requirements, such as having been vaccinated with at least two Covid-19 jabs, and a negative COVID test for at least 72 hours before their departure. And to consolidate this data, Filipinos also must sign a health declaration form through the One Health Pass, which we will discuss in detail in this guide.
- Guide in One Health Pass Registration for Filipinos
- What is the One Health Pass?
- What are the Requirements?
- Features and Benefits
- A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Register via the One Health Pass (7 Steps)
- Video: Simple Guide to Registering for the One Health Pass
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding the One Health Pass (OHP)
- Final Thoughts
Guide in One Health Pass Registration for Filipinos
From September 1, 2021, all airports and entry points in the Philippines will require travellers to register in the One Health Pass to be allowed passage in and out of the country.
Through the Philippines’ new streamlined travel system, citizens will be able to enter and exit the country much easier.
This system will help ensure that your travel to and from Kuwait will be as seamless and convenient as possible. It’s also designed to monitor the safety of Filipino workers traveling from all over the globe.
What is the One Health Pass?
The One Health Pass is a system that simplifies the process of traveling to and from the Philippines. This system will keep all of your travel and health declaration data in one place, ensuring that authorities can properly and securely access this information online. This also eliminates the need for paperwork which only extends your stay in the airport, and exposes you to greater risk for contracting the virus. With all these in mind, the system will definitely benefit everyone during this time, so be sure to get to know all there is about the online system.
What are the Requirements?
Data collection, handling, and storage are the key features offered by the system. Thus, it’s crucial that you input your data as timely and accurately as possible.
Because your data will be forwarded to the local government, where you will be traveling, you must submit accurate and crucial information about your health and personal history.
Fill out the health declaration and registration form at https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC/ to complete this assignment.
At the airport, you must also present your travel documents, such as your passport, plane ticket, and immunization card (a screenshot will do). So make sure you have these essentials with you for both your departure and arrival.
According to the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), all travelers and returning Filipinos would be subject to this new system beginning September 1, 2021. To provide a pleasant travel experience, all Filipinos leaving for or returning from their host country – whether for work or travel, marine or land-based – must register with this system.
Features and Benefits
- One Health Pass reduces the need for travelers to carry a lot of paper documents with them.
- It also helps to reduce their virus exposure by limiting their movement within the airport.
- Since the airport has access to this digital platform, travelers can save time and money on processing fees.
- The system includes a number of features that enable you to track and record all of your information in a secure cloud. This reduces the requirement for manual labor in acquiring and validating all required data. It also permits you to concentrate on getting ready to return to work.
A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Register via the One Health Pass (7 Steps)
Step 1: Filipinos traveling to or from the country should register via the One Health Pass website (https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/e-HDC/) at least three (3) days in advance to obtain a transaction number.
Note: (For those coming from yellow or red list countries) Non-OFWs and foreign nationals must make a ten-day reservation at a Quarantine Hotel. You may visit www.onehealthpass.com.ph/quarantinehotels/ and search for the list of approved hotels to find out which ones you can book a stay in. On the other hand, OFWs will not have to worry about this because they will be sponsored by the OWWA.
Step 2: Take a screenshot of your record once it has been generated by the system. This step is required when entering the Philippines.
Step 3: Within 24 hours of your flight, or before boarding, you must complete a health declaration checklist.
Step 4: When you arrive, show your OHP personal QR code for verification and hotel assignment. You will then be directed to an immigration official-led orientation before being given an immigration clearance and directed to your transport service or quarantine hotel.
Step 5: Proceed to the Immigration Bureau to clear your arrival, then to baggage claims and customs inspection.
- Your local government unit will be notified by the One Health Pass System of your travel status, and whether you can now travel internationally, whether for work or leisure purposes.
Step 6: You will then be instructed to use a pre-arranged or accredited transportation service.
- Airport Taxi: Non-OFW and foreigners
- OWWA Bus: OFW Land-based
- LMA: OFW sea-based (Seafarers)
Step 7: (For those who are required to complete their quarantine period) After your quarantine period has elapsed, you will be issued your COVID-19 test result as well as a quarantine certificate.
Video: Simple Guide to Registering for the One Health Pass
In this video, a Pinoy vlogger talks about the various requirements and eligibility of the One Health Pass. The video also shows how to register for the pass and how to acquire a QR Code.
All OFWs and overseas Filipinos in the Philippines must register using the new online system that’s implemented in September 2021.
Aside from having the One Health Pass, you also need to comply with other requirements before you can travel to the Philippines. For instance, you should also be aware of the various travel requirements when traveling to and from the country and in your local destination.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding the One Health Pass (OHP)
Because the OHP is still a relatively new system, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about it.
- Do I need to pay for anything to register in the OFP system?
No, there are no fees associated with registering on the system. Throughout your return or exit from the country, you will only need to supply information online and submit your data for national and local record-keeping, tracking, and monitoring purposes. As a result, you’ll need to provide up-to-date and accurate information about your job, health, and status as an OFW/Filipino citizen.
- When should I register on the OHP system?
This should ideally be done before boarding your plane. You can, however, register in the system three days before your scheduled departure. You can do this as late as when you get to the airport.
At least 24 hours before your flight, you must complete the health declaration form. Bring a copy of your immunization certificate issued by the country you’re visiting. A screenshot of the actual or digital copy of the certificate would sufficient.
- What are the other documentary requirements should I submit upon arrival at the airport?
Yes, typical documents such as passports, plane tickets, and now your immunization certificate must be presented at the airport upon arrival.
It’s vital that you fill out the registration and health declaration forms on the One Health Pass website so that you don’t waste time at the airport, but you can still fill them out when you get there – better do it ahead of time and in the comfort of your own home (up to three days before your arrival in the Philippines).
- Should I download the app on my device to register?
The One Health Pass is an online system that lets you submit all of your personal, travel, and health information, as well as your immunization status. All of this information will be saved in a system that airport authorities and anyone who will receive you in your hometown or local government unit may access.
- I am not categorized as an OFW, but a vacationing overseas Filipino. Am I required to register, too?
Yes, all visitors entering or departing the Philippines, whether for business or pleasure, must fill out the online form. Because the OWWA will assign them to a quarantine facility/hotel, OFWs must be careful to specify this on the form. All other travelers must state on their forms that they are traveling to the Philippines on their own initiative and that they will be responsible for any expenditures incurred as a consequence, as per local government regulations.
It’s a good thing that boundaries are starting to loosen up, even here in Kuwait. This implies that some of the individuals who have not yet left their homes, particularly OFWs stationed overseas, can now book flights back home to see their families. However, certain needs and conditions must be followed in order for this to occur. One of them is signing up for the One Health Pass. We hope that by following these instructions, our kababayans in Kuwait will be able to travel to and from the Philippines with ease, especially now that the holiday season is upon us.